Chandelier over bath tub

av8rJune 6, 2007

Can you install a fixture like a chandelier over a bath tub if it is on a gfi circuit? (out of gfi recep to switch and then to light?) Thanks in advance.

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joed

Do they make waterproof chandeliers? If they do then I guess you could do it.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2007 at 8:43AM
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brickeyee

Pendant lights are not allowed less than 8 feet above a tub.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2007 at 9:03AM
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stash-hdy

Is the 8 feet from the top of the tub or the floor? Does it need to be GFI protected?

    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 9:40AM
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normel

it's 8 ft from the TOP of the tub.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 9:42AM
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petey_racer

The 8' is from the top of the tub to the bottom of the light fixture, and no, if it meets these clearances it does not require GFI protection.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 5:52PM
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stash-hdy

If its on a GFI can it be less than 8 feet from the top of the tub? Most magazine pictures show it less than 8 feet. Looking for clarification, if I install 8 feet above top of tub its basically at the ceiling.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2008 at 11:36AM
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brickeyee

"If its on a GFI can it be less than 8 feet from the top of the tub?"

No.

The danger besides simple electrocution is broken glass from water contacting a hot bulb.

Magazines do not have to pass an NEC inspection for staged photos.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2008 at 12:18PM
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stash-hdy

thanks, what if I move the chandelier to the center of the room away from the tub. What codes apply in that case? Thanks for your time.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2008 at 8:27PM
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inspector62

Brickeyee is correct, you may install a light fixture over the tub, but it should be an approved light fixture like the type installed in a shower stall.

The chandelier must be entirely 3' away from the rim of the tub if it's less than 8' above it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Naples, Florida Home Inspector

    Bookmark   November 19, 2008 at 9:15PM
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stash-hdy

I appreciate the feedback. Needed the parameters to work with. I will install per the code, don't need or want someone getting hurt or worse.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2008 at 8:43AM
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